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Powdermill Avian Research Center News

Spring Bander Training Workshops

Two Bander Training Workshops will be offered at the Powdermill Banding Lab this Spring. Participants will work on developing or furthering their skills in extracting birds from mist nets and banding/collecting data on migratory birds.  In addition, participants will practice putting up and taking down mist nets, species identification, and will be introduced to more advanced techniques of ageing and sexing birds.The first session, a workshop for beginners, is now full, but there are still openings in our Advanced Bander Training Workshop (May 6-10). For more details, check out our Workshop webpage. To register or for more information, contact our Banding Program Coordinator, Luke DeGroote, by email ( or phone (724-593-7521).

BirdSafe Pittsburgh

Our citizen science project, BirdSafe Pittsburgh, recently launched a new website. With the help of the public we are recording instances of bird injuries or fatalities from building collisions in the city. Our volunteers help rescue injured birds and collect data which will allow us to reduce bird-building collisions in the future. 

This Fall, volunteers spent 195.5 hours looking for birds that had collided with windows in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Pittsburgh. A grand total of 164 birds from 45 different species were found, 115 dead and 49 live. The top five birds found were Ovenbird (23), White-throated Sparrow (16), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (10), Common Yellowthroat (9), and Tennessee Warbler (8). 

If you are interested in walking a route or surveying your home, don't hesitate to contact us at You can also find out more information about BirdSafe Pittsburgh on Facebook

You Can Help...

If you would like to support the avian research conducted at Powdermill, why not consider our Adopt A Bird Band program. Adoptions also make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists and conservation enthusiasts.




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